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Trade show: Heimtextil

Graphics are the new black

Graphic patterns, textile structures, and sustainable and health-promoting materials – these were the major trends of Heimtextil 2019, which provided a feast for the senses for visitors from 8 to 11 January 2019.

February 2019

3025 exhibitors from 65 countries showcased their products at the world’s largest trade show for home and contract textiles, highlighting new directions and nuances in design. The top trend? Graphics of all kinds: we find geometric patterns based on M.C. Escher, diamonds, checks and diagonal stripes, and designs inspired by art deco or the 1950s, 60s and 70s in carpets, upholstery and decorative fabrics, bed and table linens and bathroom textiles.  With retro patterns especially, the peacock is a recurring eyecatcher, as is the colour combination of taupe or khaki and bright orange. Other popular colour accents in the new textile collections include a vibrant gold, ultraviolet or mustard yellow.

Textile structures are another major trend to inspire the senses, especially touch: natural cotton and linen looks with typical slub elements as well as elaborate weaves based on craftsmanship traditions channel the allure of imperfection. Interesting cut-outs and patina finishes create three-dimensional effects. The textile structures – usually in light natural tones like cream, coarse white and beige – convey naturalness and comfort. Dark anthracite, sophisticated silver nuances or fresh colour accents in rose, lilac, mint or blue perfectly offset the textile structures in light nude tones, creating a harmonious look and feel.

In the upholstery and decorative fabrics segment especially, there is a stronger focus on health and sustainability. As a result there is a rapidly growing range of upholstery fabrics, furniture and carpets made using innovative recycling, upcycling or cradle-to-cradle materials. State-of-the-art processes are also making it easier to produce new textiles from marine waste such as old fishing nets. In the flooring segment in particular, the range of PVC and latex-free solutions is on the rise. Products that are odour free, breathable, antibacterial and anti-allergenic, or even those with sound-absorbing qualities or which clean the air in a room, are also increasingly available.

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Find out more here:

Press release: ‘Heimtextil 2019: Graphic patterns and sustainable materials dominate’


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